FAQ's

Students

What is PCCAPS?


Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies, PCCAPS, is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.




Is PCCAPS a trade school or vocational program?


No. PCCAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through an inquiry learning method. PCCAPS is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and PCCAPS business partners collaborate to develop coursework. PCCAPS curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process.




How do colleges & universities view CAPS students?


While each institution has different admission standards, showing the ability to complete real-world interdisciplinary projects is proving to differentiate PCCAPS students on college, university, and scholarship applications.




What type of credit can be received from a PCCAPS course?


PCCAPS courses offer high school elective credit.




When is PCCAPS in session?


PCCAPS meets on Red Days during 3rd & 4th periods. Click HERE for the current meeting calendar. Students work on one project per semester.




What are the requirements to enroll in PCCAPS?


Students must: 1) attain 11th or 12th grade status 2) have a desire to work in a profession-based, real-world environment 3) have availability during 3rd & 4th period Red Days




How does my child enroll in PPCAPS?


Enrollment occurs during normal course registration in March. Your student should speak with their academic counselor at that time!




¿Se traducirá esta información a otros idiomas?


Si. Este sitio web se lanzó en noviembre de 2019. Nuestro objetivo es completar la traducción para enero de 2020.




What kinds of projects does PCCAPS offer?


Check out past student projects HERE.
Explore the possibilities of project types within each specialty HERE. PCCAPS leadership focus on generating project needs from the business community and converting these conversations to realities for our students.




Do I get to pick my project or will I be randomly assigned?


Students are presented with project possibilities within the first two weeks of the program. Projects are categorized by speciality (engineering, coding, digital design, business solutions, health sciences, etc.). Signing up for a particular specialty will be the biggest guiding factor in what you work on. However, keep in mind, some projects will require cross collaboration by different specialities. You may work on a project with one or multiple members of other specialities...because that's how things get accomplished in the world of work.




Are there field trip opportunities?


You bet. PCCAPS feels that exposure to a variety of workplace environments adds to the overall CAPS experience. In addition, there industry conferences we send students to. Places visited / events attended in the past: Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Hall Labs RevRoad Human Anatomy Cadaver Lab Women In Tech Awards Silicon Slopes Summit





Companies

What is PCCAPS?


Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies, PCCAPS, is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.




Is PCCAPS a trade school or vocational program?


No. PCCAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through an inquiry learning method. PCCAPS is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and PCCAPS business partners collaborate to develop coursework. PCCAPS curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process.




How do colleges & universities view CAPS students?


While each institution has different admission standards, showing the ability to complete real-world interdisciplinary projects is proving to differentiate PCCAPS students on college, university, and scholarship applications.




When is PCCAPS in session?


PCCAPS meets on Red Days during 3rd & 4th periods. Click HERE for the current meeting calendar. Students work on one project per semester.




What is the time frame of a project?


Projects last for one semester.
This equates to approximately 3 and 1/2 months.
This includes project discovery, completion, revision & presentation. The first two weeks work of PCCAPS is dedicated to expectation setting, project matching, agile project managment training and activities that convey professional norms. *It is important to note that PCCAPS students meet for 6 to 9 hours per week. The remaining week is spent on their other courses. This means that one week of school is equal to one typical day of work.




Am I required to travel to PCCAPS for meetings?


Minimally, it is a good idea to meeting with the student project team twice: 1) once for the kick off meeting, and 2) once for the final presentation. Students are allowed to travel off site and we encourage our business parterns to make them feel welcome at their places of business. The more in-person opportunities students have with you, the client, the better their experience and growth level. Students are required to have bi-weekly updates with you, the client. This may be conducted over the phone or via webex if an in-person isn't possible.




How do I submit a project for consideration?


Submit your project idea HERE.




What areas do PCCAPS students specialize in?


Check out PCCAPS Specialties HERE.




What is the time commitment for owning a project?


Minimum Time/Travel Required by Client: 4hrs Total Project kickoff with student team / September or January - (1.5hrs) Location: PCCAPS, Park City High School Bi-weekly Sprint Reviews (6 total @ 15 mins each = 1.5 hrs) Location: Vid chat, call or students travel to you Final project presentation by students / December or May (30 mins) Location: Vid chat, call or students travel to you





Parents

What is PCCAPS?


Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies, PCCAPS, is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.




Is PCCAPS a trade school or vocational program?


No. PCCAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through an inquiry learning method. PCCAPS is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and PCCAPS business partners collaborate to develop coursework. PCCAPS curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process.




How do colleges & universities view CAPS students?


While each institution has different admission standards, showing the ability to complete real-world interdisciplinary projects is proving to differentiate PCCAPS students on college, university, and scholarship applications.




What type of credit can be received from a PCCAPS course?


PCCAPS courses offer high school elective credit.




When is PCCAPS in session?


PCCAPS meets on Red Days during 3rd & 4th periods. Click HERE for the current meeting calendar. Students work on one project per semester.




What are the requirements to enroll in PCCAPS?


Students must: 1) attain 11th or 12th grade status 2) have a desire to work in a profession-based, real-world environment 3) have availability during 3rd & 4th period Red Days




How do I enroll in PPCAPS?


Enrollment occurs during normal course registration in March. Speak with your academic counselor!




Is there an opportunity to participate in student project presentations?


Absolutely! PCCAPS holds final student presentations off-site.
Industry professionals make up a panel of judges.
You would be most welcome to join this kind of event.




¿Se traducirá esta información a otros idiomas?


Si. Este sitio web se lanzó en noviembre de 2019. Nuestro objetivo es completar la traducción para enero de 2020.




Are there field trip opportunities?


You bet. PCCAPS feels that exposure to a variety of workplace environments adds to the overall CAPS experience. In addition, there industry conferences we send students to. Places visited / events attended in the past: Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Hall Labs RevRoad Human Anatomy Cadaver Lab Women In Tech Awards Silicon Slopes Summit





Mentors

What is PCCAPS?


Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies, PCCAPS, is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.




Is PCCAPS a trade school or vocational program?


No. PCCAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through an inquiry learning method. PCCAPS is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and PCCAPS business partners collaborate to develop coursework. PCCAPS curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process.




When is PCCAPS in session?


PCCAPS meets on Red Days during 3rd & 4th periods. Click HERE for the current meeting calendar. Students work on one project per semester.




What are the requirements to become a mentor?


A desire to pay your industry knowlege forward.




What areas do PCCAPS students specialize in?


Check out PCCAPS Specialties HERE.




What is PCCAPS looking for in a mentor?


Someone who: Values learning by discovery. Can lend perspective to help a team overcome a roadblock. Has the flexibility to stop in at one or more daily standup meeting. Wouldn't mind serving as a final project presentation judge! Can help facilitate the program goals to build Success Skills (a.k.a. 21st Century Skills): 1) Collaboration, 2) Effective Communication, 3) Self Management, 4) Perseverence, 5) Self Reflection & 6) Good Work Habits




Can I connect with other PCCAPS mentors for purposes of understanding more?


Why not? Simply reach out to our project coordinator to get connected.




What are the time requirements for mentors?


Level of involvement can vary depending upon one’s availability. Generally, students set up at least one meeting with their mentor early in the year, and at least one more towards the end of the term. However, more mentor involvement gives more strength to their learning. Most mentors meet with students in the PCCAPS center monthly.





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